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Aromatherapy & Benefits of Popular Essential Oils

Shivam Dwivedi
Shivam Dwivedi
Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy- Best Healing Treatment

Aromatherapy or Essential Oil Therapy is considered as one of the best healing treatment that effectively uses extracts of natural plant to foster good health and well-being. Aromatherapy utilizes aromatic essential oils medicinally to boost the health of the body, mind and spirit. That's why it improves both physical and emotional health. 

Historical Context: 

  • The term “Aromatherapy” was originated by a French perfumer and chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé in a book he wrote on the topic that was published in 1937. Earlier, he had invented the healing potential of lavender in treating burns.  

  • Human beings have used aromatherapy for thousands of years in past times. We have also found evidences of such practices in ancient civilizations.  Various ancient cultures in China, India, Egypt also incorporated aromatic plant components in resins, balms, and oils. 

  • During those times various natural substances were used for both medical and religious purposes and they were known to have both physical and psychological benefits. Aromatherapy can be considered both an art and a science. Very recently, aromatherapy has received more recognition in the fields of science and medicine.

What is Aromatherapy used for?

It's a complementary therapy as it doesn't provide a cure for diseases, rashes or illnesses, but it can assist conventional treatment of various conditions. Aromatherapy has varieties of benefits. Let’s briefly discuss about it:  

  • Reduce Stress, Agitation and Anxiety

  • Improves Sleep Quality

  • Treat Headaches and Migraines

  • Reduces the Side Effects of Chemotherapy

  • Lessen Discomforts of Labor

  • Help to Fight Bacteria, Virus, or Fungus

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  • Treats Digestive Problems

  • Soothe Sore Joints

  • Improves Hospice and Palliative Care

Most Popular Essential Oils:  

Different oils have different uses and effects on the body. Below are some of the most popular Essential oils to be used for various purposes:  

1. Clove: 

Clove essential oil is a painkiller which is commonly used for toothache. It can also be used as an antispasmodic antiemetic to prevent vomiting and nausea, and as a carminative, preventing gas in the gut. It has an antimicrobial, antioxidant and antifungal properties. 

2. Bergamot:  

This essential oil is said to be useful for the digestive tract and urinary tract. Moreover, when combined with eucalyptus oil it helps in relieving skin problems, including those created by stress and chicken pox. 

3. Black Pepper: 

Black Pepper essential oil is most commonly used for energizing the blood circulation, muscular aches and pains, and bruises. If combined with ginger essential oil, it is useful in reducing arthritis pain and enhances flexibility. 

4. Basil: 

This essential oil is used in sharpening concentration and reducing some of the symptoms of depression. It may allay headaches and migraines. During pregnancy, it should be avoided. 

5. Eucalyptus: 

Eucalyptus essential oil help in relieving the airways during a cold or flu. It is often used in combination with peppermint. Many people are allergic to eucalyptus, so care must be taken. 

6. Jasmine: 

This essential oil has also been described as an aphrodisiac. Still scientific evidence is lacking but some studies have indicated that the odor of jasmine increases beta waves, which are linked to alertness. 

7. Lavender: 

Lavender oil is being extensively used as an antiseptic for minor cuts and burns and to improve relaxation and sleep. It is said to reduce headache and migraine symptoms. 

8. Rosemary: 

This essential oil stimulates hair growth, boost memory, prevent muscle spasms, and support the circulatory and nervous systems. 

9. Tea Tree:  

Tea tree essential oil is known to have antiseptic, antimicrobial and disinfectant qualities. It is also used in shampoos and skin care products to treat acne, burns and bites. It helps in mouth rinses but it should never be swallowed as it's toxic. 

10. Geranium: 

This essential oil is used for treating skin problems, to reduce stress, and as a mosquito repellant.

11. Citronella: 

Citronella essential oil is a relative of lemongrass and acts as an insect repellent. 

Moreover, chamomile, thyme and yarrow are some other essential oils which are used for various health benefits. Basically, Aromatherepy works on three levels: through the sense of smell, through absorption and through absorption via skin. It's a very effective way of good health and well being.  

If you believe in Aromatherapy- It Works! If you don’t believe in Aromatherapy- It Still Works! 

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